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Larry R. Bretz, 80, Russell Co., KY/Randolph Co., IN native (1936-2017)

He retired from Dayton Power & Light after 40 years and served in the United States Army. He was a member of the Covington Eagles and Coffey's Chapel United Methodist Church, Eli, Russell County, KY. He was a native of Union City, IN, and a resident of Russell Springs, KY at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Betty Jane Clark Bretz, Russell Springs, KY. He was the patriarch of a very large, highly regarded family. He leaves 16 direct and 19 step living descendants. His final resting place will be in Greenville, Ohio.
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Larry R. Bretz, 80, of Russell Springs, KY, passed away Sunday, July 2, 2017 at his residence.

Services will take place Friday, July 7, 2017 at 1pmCT/2pmET at Zechar Bailey Funeral HOme, 1499 N Broadway Street, Greenville, Ohio, with Pastor Todd Reish officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Cemetery. Family will receive friends 11am-1pmCT/12pmNoon-2pmET. Friday at the funeral home. Veteran's graveside committal service will be conducted by the Greenville Veterans Honor Guard. Bernard Funeral Home, Russell Springs, KY, is in charge of local arrangements.

Larry R. Bretz, 80, Russell Co., KY/Randolph Co., IN native (1936-2017)

He was born September 28, 1936 in Union City, Wayne Township, Randolph County, IN. He was the son of the late Emerson & Ethel (Woods) Bretz. He died Sunday, July 2, 2017, in Russell Springs, Russell County, KY, at the age of 80 years, nine months, and four days.

He retired from Dayton Power & Light after 40 years and served in the United States Army. He was a member of the Covington Eagles and Coffey's Chapel United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son Gary R. Bretz, in 1958; brother Charles Bretz; sister, Elnora Stoltz; brother-in-law Bob Stoltz and a sister-in-law, Peg Bretz.

He is survived by his wife: Betty Jane (Clark) Bretz, of Russell Springs, KY whom he married May 5, 1956, and the following:
  • Two sons and two daughters-in-law: Larry Paul and Cindy Bretz, of Russell Springs, KY; Terry Gene and Nina Bretz of Dayton, Ohio

  • One daughter: Vicky Lynn Trueblood, of London, Ohio

  • Seven grandchildren: Mark and Rion, Allison, Michael and Rachel, Rachel, Justin and Shannon

  • Six great grandchildren Amelia Josselyn, Chloe, Liam, Olivia and Avery

  • Two step grandchildren: Alvin Simmons and Summer Simmons

  • Eight step great grandchildren

  • Nine step great great grandchildren

  • Brother in law Kenneth Clark

  • Sister-in-law Sue Clark

  • Numerous nieces, nephews and friends
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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Bernard Funeral Home 367 N Main Street, Russell Springs, KY, is in charge of local arrangements

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